MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

The Challenge: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits in Bristow, VA was the first licensed distillery in Prince William County. Although he already had a design for the distillery, Murlarkely Founder and CEO Tom Murray needed an architect to navigate him through certification of occupancy, approval for reclassification and a floor plan. Distillery projects are known for having additional safety and building regulations that can cause substantial (and costly) delays if not properly addressed. The Solution: MurLarkey contracted with Loveless Porter based on recommendations Tom received from others in the spirits industry. In addition to guiding them through permitting, classification, compliance, and zoning challenges, the architecture firm also made suggestions on materials that aligned with the vision for the new space. The Result: With those recommendations, the finished building is one that creates a more welcoming atmosphere for customers, guides them logically throughout the space and allows more room to display products. Tom said he is very happy with the work done by Loveless Porter, and is amazed by the dedication and personal interest in the distillery's success. “We at MurLarkey cannot speak highly enough of Loveless Porter's Sean Porter. It is fair to say that if it were not for him and his team, we would not be in our current facility," said Tom. "Through this experience, Loveless Porter not only won our loyalty, but we all made a good friend in Sean. Thank you!”                              

Sinistral: Loveless Supported Our Vision

The Challenge: When Blane and Stacey Perry decided to open Sinistral Brewing Company. in Historic Downtown Manassas, they had a clear vision for the look and feel of their taproom, and defined requirements for the brewery area. They needed an architect who “got” their vision, and could finalize their design to ensure it met City of Manassas codes, also helping the entrepreneurs to navigate the permitting and construction phases. Brewery design experience was important too, as the industry must adhere to additional federal and state regulations. Additionally, the pair, longtime area residents, was committed to using local vendors. The Solution: In Loveless Porter Architects, the Perrys found a firm that was competitively priced, with a number of brewery and distillery projects under its belt and established connections with city and state planning officials. “Sean Porter was supportive of our vision. He made sure it met code, recommended engineering consultants, and was very helpful with everything we asked,” said Blane. “He helped greatly in getting Sinistral open for business by making sure the process with the city kept moving; he kept the ball rolling.” Sean’s relationships with building officials and knowledge of building codes were advantageous when the brewery was faced with city architectural requests that would have increased building costs and delayed opening. Through meetings with the city’s building development team, Sean demonstrated that the changes were not necessary by code and thereby kept the project on schedule. “Sean is easy to work with, and he will take care of […]

Sweeney Barn

The Challenge: “Rustic charm” is the first phrase that comes to mind when viewing the scenic Manassas event and music venue, Sweeney Barn. The two-story destination space offers modern conveniences while maintaining the traditional beauty of its origins as an early 20th-century dairy barn. Owners Noel and Alannah Sweeney saw its immense potential when they purchased the property. All they needed was an architect that understood their vision and had experience bringing older spaces up to the current building code. “One of my biggest concerns was maintaining the look and feel of the old barn while coordinating the design and placement of new services like the air conditioning, sprinkler system, elevators, and a circular staircase in the silo,” said Noel Sweeney. “The local jurisdiction had never renovated a dairy barn, so designing a sprinkler system with the unique shape of the old barn was challenging. It was also difficult to design a complete thermal envelope for the upper banquet hall that worked aesthetically with the wooden interior.” The Solution: After a great experience on a previous project, the Sweeney’s turned again to Loveless Porter Architects to make their vision a reality. “They were patient with the many design changes and requests I made during the process. They were very responsive to those changes,” noted Noel. “We took a barn made for cows and hay bales and turned it into a space to comfortably seat hundreds of people,” said Loveless Porter owner Sean Porter. “The ceiling height in the lower level […]

Zandra’s Haymarket

The Challenge: Zandra's wanted to renovate a former school in Haymarket, VA, and needed an architect to navigate through certification of occupancy, approval for reclassification, and a floor plan.  The Solution: Zandra's contracted with Loveless Porter. In addition to guiding them through permitting, classification, compliance, and zoning challenges, the architecture firm also made suggestions on materials that aligned with the vision for the new space. The Result: With those recommendations, the finished building is one that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.   “We’re honored to be a part of this launch and the expansion of the Zandra’s brand,” said Sean Porter, owner of Loveless Porter. 

Top of the Podium

TOP OF THE PODIUM is a nonprofit wrestling facility located near Dulles Airport in Sterling, Virginia. We’re proud to have partnered with them on their 20,000 square foot facility.

M&F Build: A New HQ for Returning Client

Loveless Porter is proud to be a “builder’s architect,” the firm construction companies trust with their own projects. M&F, a design/build firm in the Mid-Atlantic, is one such company. After outgrowing the original space LPA designed for the company when its focus was more narrow, M&F engaged our architectural services for an expansion. Working closely with the client, Loveless Porter designed a complex that will serve the next phase of growth for M&F, with a new headquarters, dispatch office, scale house, and decant facility. The offices feature modern, stylish finishes that complement the more industrial uses in the adjacent buildings. View the gallery to see how these concepts work together!

Battle Street Bistro: Outdated Office Turned Cozy Rooftop Cafe

Battle Street Bistro in Manassas, VA is the second restaurant concept from Sarah and David Devight, owners of the Secret Garden Cafe in Occoquan, VA. Our experience with restaurant design, converting space for new uses, and local historic preservation regulations made Loveless Porter Architects a perfect fit for designing this retrofit and managing construction. 9402 Battle Street began as a law practice in 1950. The Devights had a clear vision for transforming the outdated offices into a cozy, French cafe-inspired eatery, complete with the city’s first rooftop dining area. This required a structural redesign of the existing roof, a drainable paver system, and an attractive steel railing to keep diners safe while keeping the cafe vibe. Our design work also included plans for replacing the metal front door with a more inviting wooden door and removing some brick to allow for more windows. Additionally, we opened up the small space to maximize the occupancy load.

Route 7 Brewing

Work continues on Route 7 Brewing in Asburn, VA. Loveless Porter is designing the interior tenant layout and managing construction of this 5,000 square foot building in the Lexington 7 Project. As with most brewery development, this Loudoun County project is multifaceted and calls for the architect to seamlessly blend uses: In addition to the unique utility and safety considerations that go into brewery design, Loveless Porter worked with the client to visually and physically connect the indoor areas — featuring a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and entertainment space — to the large patio. The owners of Route 7 Brewing plan to offer a variety of live performances, such as bands and open mic poetry, along with a DJ booth and dance floor.